Our topic at the SFF Seven this week is, appropriately enough, our favorite horror or scary book.
Now, I don't really a lot of horror or scary books, because I am a fragile flower. I've never really gotten the point of reading something to be frightened or horrified. So, when I thought about what my favorite books in this genre would be, I could think of exactly two.
But it's cool because they're by friends - which is the only reason I read them.
I really loved them, too, even though they freaked me the fuck out.
, by - who most usually writes SFF, is a wonderful story that starts with low-level dread that gradually builds to a truly freakifying conclusion. Read it if you love gothic slow-burns. Avoid if you have a tooth phobia. You can read it in , which I'm sure is fabulous, since Ellen Datlow edited it. I, of course, *won't* be reading that!
started out writing erotic and nuanced romance, but has moved into more horror lately. is a haunted house story that also plays on the insecurities of pregnancy and the strain that - and moving into a freaky house! - puts on a marriage. Read it for the subtle build of terror and rich story. And don't worry - the cat's okay.